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Pick Overall Team Player Position School State Bonus
1 653 Tampa Bay Rays Jason Appel OF UNC Wilmington N.C.
Wilmington has two other quality senior signs in second baseman Jason Appel and Daniel Hargrave. Appel is a plus runner who hits lefthanded and batted over .400 this season.
2 654 Pittsburgh Pirates Patrick Palmeiro 3B Heritage HS, Colleyville, Texas Texas
3 655 Kansas City Royals Blaine Hardy LHP Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) Idaho
Lefthander Blaine Hardy throws strikes with a fastball that reaches 90 mph but more frequently sits in the 86-87 range. His breaking balls are short for the lefthanded reliever role and he fits better as a senior sign.
4 656 Baltimore Orioles Pat Kantakevich RHP William & Mary Va.
Pat Kantakevich is the Tribe's top pitching prospect and was the team's workhorse closer, saving 10 games in 32 appearances. He pitches between 88-91 mph and is not considered a strikeout pitcher.
5 657 San Francisco Giants Carter Bell 3B Vanier SS, Toronto British Columbia
Another Canadian heading to an American four-year college, infielder Carter Bell committed to Oregon State and has a chance to step right into the Beavers' lineup next year. A shortstop in high school, he has the body control and athletic ability to play the position in college. His 7.0-second speed in the 60 and below-average range likely make a move to third a necessity for pro ball, and his bat is light for the draft at a corner spot. He has a nice compact swing, however, and a decent feel for hitting.
6 658 Florida Marlins Jared Yecker RHP St. John's N.J.
7 659 Cincinnati Reds Byron Wiley OF Kansas State Kan.
Outfielder Byron Wiley hit .366 as a sophomore, setting the stage for him to go in the first five rounds of the 2008 draft. Then he hit .217 in the Cape Cod League and .227 while losing his starting job this spring. He appears to be a victim of draftitis, trying to do too much to impress scouts. Instead, Wiley has chased too many pitches and stopped making hard contact. He looks better in batting practice and still displays speed and some raw strength, so someone may take a flier on him.
8 660 Chicago White Sox Jose Vargas 3B Ventura (Calif.) JC Calif.
9 661 Washington Nationals Chris Curran 2B Miami Dade JC Fla.
10 662 Houston Astros Terrance Jackson LHP North Central Texas JC Texas
11 663 Texas Rangers Trevor Hurley RHP Kansas State Kan.
Despite posting a team 5.12 ERA, Kansas State could have as many as six pitchers drafted, starting with righthander Trevor Hurley. Hurley never has posted an ERA below 5.03 in three seasons with the Wildcats, and had a career-worst 6.90 mark in 2008, but he has an 88-93 mph fastball and a hard slider. He also has a strong 6-foot-2, 209-pound frame and he's younger than most juniors at age 20, so he could add velocity. His mission in pro ball will be to improve his control. He walks too many batters and gets hit harder than he should.
12 664 Oakland Athletics Preston Guilmet RHP Arizona Ariz.
Ace starter Preston Guilmet profiles well as a middle reliever thanks to a plus slider and good split-finger fastball, and he works in the bottom half of the strike zone thanks to an unconventional, over-the-top release point. However, his fastball grades as below-average at 86-87 mph. He's performed, though, and earns points with his tremendous makeup. He academically oriented and also has started training horses this spring as part of his coursework.
13 665 St. Louis Cardinals Colt Sedbrook SS Arizona Ariz.
14 666 Minnesota Twins Kyle Witten RHP Bakersfield (Calif.) JC Calif.
Bakersfield JC righty Kyle Witten has a fastball that peaks at 92 mph, and he adds a decent changeup and slow curveball. His fastball is flat but he throws it for strikes to all parts of the zone, and he walked just 20 in 106 innings this spring. He has an easy arm and projectable frame, and it could all come together for him next spring at Cal State Fullerton.
15 667 Los Angeles Dodgers Matt Smith RHP Wichita State Kan.
16 668 Milwaukee Brewers Ben Jeffers RHP Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
17 669 Toronto Blue Jays Karim Turkamani C Miami Dade JC Fla.
18 670 Atlanta Braves Dane Carter 3B Texas A&M Texas
19 671 Chicago Cubs Tarlandas Mitchell RHP Alto (Texas) HS Texas
20 672 Seattle Mariners Blake Nation RHP Georgia Southern Ga.
Blake Nation led Georgia Southern with seven saves and throws 88-90 mph out of the bullpen. Nation is 6-foot-8, 260 pounds and could throw harder in the future.
21 673 Detroit Tigers Zack MacPhee SS O'Connor HS, Phoenix Ariz.
22 674 New York Mets Chris Schwinden RHP Fresno Pacific (Calif.) Calif.
23 675 San Diego Padres Chris Wilkes RHP Dr. Phillips HS, Orlando Fla.
24 676 Philadelphia Phillies Daniel Hargrave 2B UNC Wilmington N.C.
25 677 Colorado Rockies Nick Schnaitmann RHP Cosumnes River (Calif.) JC Calif.
26 678 Arizona Diamondbacks Justin LaTempa RHP Golden West (Calif.) JC Calif.
LaTempa, a redshirt sophomore after spending a season at UC Irvine, has the biggest arm of the group but the least pitchability. Skinny as a pencil in high school, LaTempa has developed into an imposing 6-foot-4, 225-rounder. He was at his best early, when his fastball sat in the 91-93 mph range, peaking at 94-95. At his best, he adds a slider, curve and change. While LaTempa is strong on the basics, he is weak on the minutiae. His fastball is almost dead straight and rarely visits the lower portion of the strike zone. Both his slider and curve are inconsistent, and his change is flat. His inconsistent mechanics also led to shoulder soreness, and he made just nine starts this season. He did make a late relief appearance but had likely fallen out of the first five rounds. He was considered signable.
27 679 Los Angeles Angels Ryan Groth OF Oral Roberts Okla.
28 680 New York Yankees Cory Arbiso RHP Cal State Fullerton Calif.
Righty Cory Arbiso had been more effective this season due to precise command, excellent mound presence and the ability to spot his 88-91 mph fastball in while working his sweepy slider and changeup away. He was draft-eligible last year and wasn't picked, and is expected to go in the seventh- to 12th-round range this year.
29 681 Cleveland Indians Bryce Stowell RHP UC Irvine Calif. $725,000
30 682 Boston Red Sox Anthony DeSclafani RHP Colts Neck (N.J.) HS N.J.
Righthanders Anthony Desclafani owns the best changeup in New Jersey and has an excellent feel for pitching. His fastball is fringy at best, sitting in the 88-90 mph range, and he needs to improve his curveball, but he can spin it. Scouts like Desclafani's body (6-foot-3, 175) and his clean, easy delivery, but his current stuff isn't good enough to warrant buying him out of a commitment to Florida.